Business Analytics

8 Mar 2017

Analytics End User Adoption: Rethinking Our Engagement Strategy

By | March 8th, 2017|Categories: Advisory, Business, IT|Tags: , , , , , , , |

In the last few weeks, I’ve spoken with three different clients who are struggling with the issue of end user adoption. Each described a routine set of activities, either completed or in process, that you would expect to see in a thoughtful change management program. Nonetheless, all three customers expressed frustration at the lack of user [...]

2 Mar 2017

Building Your Data & Analytics Roadmap One Use Case at a Time

By | March 2nd, 2017|Categories: Advisory, Business, IT|Tags: , , , , , , , , |

IT and business leaders share a common goal – to leverage the data available to them in order to make more informed business decisions. The first step to achieving that goal is to create a data & analytics roadmap, a task many companies find daunting. Where do you begin? "Most organizations are ineffective in communicating [...]

23 Feb 2017

The CIO and Analytics Strategy: Ironside’s Take

By | February 23rd, 2017|Categories: Advisory, Business, IT|Tags: , , , , , , , , |

CIO and IDG released the 2017 State of the CIO report this week. Their findings are useful not just for the CIO role in general but also for exploring the connection between the CIO and analytics initiatives. Looking at the report through the lens of data and analytics, I had three reactions to the survey [...]

15 Feb 2017

Understanding Data Governance: Tools, Documents, Processes, and People

By | February 15th, 2017|Categories: Advisory, Business, Information Management|Tags: , , , , , , , |

Data governance is a common need across organizations, and can be a very challenging subject to tackle. Understanding data governance's components, what good governance looks like, and the drivers behind adopting it is essential to creating a successful governance effort. What Is Governance? Governance (more specifically, data governance) is a discipline for managing all aspects [...]

26 Jan 2017

3 Reasons Your Data & Analytics Roadmap Isn’t Helping You Reach Your Goals

By | January 26th, 2017|Categories: Advisory, Business Intelligence, Information Management|Tags: , , , , , , , |

Creating a data and analytics roadmap is an important first step in helping your organization utilize data to achieve growth, understanding, and action. But often we hear from clients that their roadmap isn't leading them to their desired destination. While many are successful in laying out the technical requirements, identifying the path to business outcomes, [...]

17 Jan 2017

Take a Value Based Approach to Your Analytics Platform Migration

By | January 17th, 2017|Categories: Advisory, Business Intelligence, Strategy & Innovation|Tags: , , , , |

Analytics platform migrations and upgrades are among Ironside's core competencies. We’ve been doing them since our inception, and we do a lot of them. Here are four common pitfalls that we’ve seen organizations from a variety of industries suffer from during the process. Universal Pitfalls 1. Overlooking the Opportunity to Prune and Consolidate: A Value Based [...]

15 Oct 2016

Boston Data & Analytics Service Firm Names New COO

By | October 15th, 2016|Categories: In the News, Press Releases, Strategy & Innovation|Tags: , , , , |

LEXINGTON, MA - Ironside, a Boston enterprise data and analytics service firm announced last week the appointment of David Michelson, Chief Operating Officer. Michelson joins the company with over 20 years of business and technical consulting leadership, helping clients solve their most critical business issues. "I am personally thrilled to have David on the team as he [...]

15 Sep 2016

Top New Features in Tableau 10

By | September 15th, 2016|Categories: Advisory, Business Intelligence, Tableau|Tags: , , , , , , , , , |

Tableau 10 was released on August 15th, and it is quite an upgrade. I’ve been spending some time doing hands-on testing of the new version, and I’m excited to share some of the new features I’ve explored with you. In addition to a new custom font, new color palettes, and new themes that make Tableau [...]

7 Sep 2016

Ironside and Tableau Partner to Power Data Discovery

By | September 7th, 2016|Categories: Business Intelligence, Press Releases, Tableau|Tags: , , , , , , , , , |

If modern business data is a river, then traditional enterprise business intelligence is a bucket. Sure, you can pull some valuable and reliable insights at regular intervals that will help you take the pulse of what's going on day to day, but there's a much larger percentage of valuable insight that's just going to wash [...]

7 Sep 2016

Empowering Insight with Tableau: A Case for Self-Service Analytics

By | September 7th, 2016|Categories: Advisory, Business Intelligence, Tableau|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , |

Tableau’s powerful data discovery and visual analytics capabilities make it an ideal tool for enabling end users to achieve data driven insights at the speed of business.  It puts data in the hands of the business users who have the most to gain from it in an intuitive manner that allows for rapid visualization and [...]

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